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Wailer will play alongside Marley’s sons, Stephen and Ziggy, on the
The 59-year-old Wailer, whose real name is Neville O’Riley Livingston, said in a phone interview from Jamaica that he considers it his “responsibility and duty” to tour with the Marley family.
“I’m the foundation of all of this stuff,” he told The Associated Press. “And I remain; someway, somehow I’ve been sustained to be here. And there’s a new generation that’s now being established musically that’s coming from the Wailers’ family.”
Stephen Marley, 34, will headline the tour, which will make stops including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston and Philadelphia. Ziggy Marley, 37, will also perform, as will the group Ozomatli.
Wailer, who last released the album Communication in 2000, is the lone surviving member of the Wailers. Marley died of cancer in 1981; Tosh was murdered in 1987.
As such, Wailer has long been an elder statesman to the Jamaican music scene. Of the Marley children, he remembered, “In our time, they were babies.”
“This is like another dimension,” he said. “The legend continues – let’s put it that way.”
While Stephen and Ziggy Marley have combined new musical styles to fit their father’s reggae, Wailer also fused genres through the `80s and `90s, and plans to continue to do so.
“A lot of people have been hearing Bunny Wailer singing reggae music, but they’re not aware of other musical cultures that Bunny Wailer is inclined to present,” he said. “I have to at least let (the new generation) know that I’ve been listening.”
Wailer said he’s been steadily writing music and has recently been working on an album to be titled, Cross Culture, that will include hip-hop and R&B influences.